We have a number of training events throughout the week suitable for differing ages and abilities.
Our main club training nights are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All are welcomed, of any standard, but it is beneficial if you can already run a few miles. If you are new to running, we suggest you read our beginners article.
The runs normally start out as a single group and split midway to provide a longer and shorter options. The shorter runs are approximately 3-5 miles, medium run 5-6 and the longer 7-8. Quicker members of the group double back at regular intervals, ensuring that the group stays together and no-one gets left behind. This also helps them improve as they will cover more miles, and can train at a quicker pace. Route details are often posted on the club’s Facebook Page prior to the run.
Members also organise their own runs and recce race routes beforehand, getting a feel for the ground and distances involved.
During the winter months it can be very dark in the evening. Could runners please wear a high-viz jacket (or similar) and if possible, a head torch.
If you are thinking of coming along to any of these sessions and want more information, contact our membership secretary. Please arrive in good time and be ready to run promptly so as not to hold the group up.
Always check our Facebook Page for last minute changes especially over holiday periods when the normal schedules may be disrupted but also in case the unforeseen interferes with our best laid plans.
Monday Evening: Juniors
From October to the end of March we have Junior training at 18:30 at Brockholes Primary School which is on Brant Rd, Preston, Lancashire PR1 5TU.
From the start of April to the end of September we have Junior training at Avenham Park at 18:30.
Please note that these sessions are only open to children of club members. All children must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is a current club member. For details please contact our membership secretary.
Tuesday Evening: Track and Trail – Countryside Venue near Preston (Summer time)
From the start of April to the end of September we have runs in the country from various locations near Preston. Although most of these runs are at 18:30 there are exceptions depending on the time of year and venue. The venues are posted a day or so in advance on the Club’s Facebook Page. During the Summer months we may have members arranging informal runs from Fulwood Leisure Centre – check Facebook.
We encourage car sharing to the Summer Track and Trail events as there is often limited parking. Make certain you know where the meeting point is and how long it might take to get there given the nature of the evening traffic.
On the run it is essential that we respect the countryside. Pay attention to the run leader and be prepared to follow instructions especially when going through farm yards, near livestock and crops.
Although no one will admit to any of our runs being muddy, up hill or held in less than balmy weather, it is a good idea to bring a change of socks, shoes and other clothes so you are more presentable in the pub afterwards and more comfortable on the journey home.
Tuesday Evening: Road Run – Fulwood, Preston (Winter time)
From the start of October to the end of March a group meets at Fulwood Leisure Centre at 18:30 for a choice of road runs of between 6 and 8 miles. Please gather near the squash courts or near the steps outside the main entrance. Parking can sometimes be a problem at the leisure centre, but there is normally room on the surrounding side streets or on the Academy car park.
Routes typically go through Fulwood, Moor Park, Ashton, Ingol and Broughton. In addition, about once a month there may be a 19:00 group run away from Preston for example we might run the Illuminations at Blackpool. On these evenings there is generally still a group running from Fulwood Leisure Centre
Afterwards it is possible to shower and change at the leisure centre. Members often meet at the Black Bull Pub after the run for food, drinks and chat.
Tuesday Evening: Intervals (Winter time)
If you haven’t tried interval training or find it difficult to train early evening then this might be for you. These are a shorter but more intense sessions that help build speed and recovery. These runs are suitable for runners of all speeds – no one gets left behind.
From the 11th October until the 13th December we have booked the Running Track at the UCLAN Sports Centre from 20:30 to 21:30. There are toilets and changing rooms and the track is flood lit. There is a charge of £2 per member for this session to help cover the cost of the track.
Since we only have the track for one hour, please turn up and be ready to run on time so as to make best use of this great facility.
Wednesday Evening: Intervals (Summer time)
From the start of April to the end of September we have an intervals training session on Avenham Park. Members normally meet at The Continental at 18:30
Thursday Evening: Road Run – Bamber Bridge
The Thursday group meets at The Poachers Pub (near Bamber Bridge Sainsbury’s) at 19:00. We generally meet in the car park; try to arrive a few minutes early as we aim to start the run on time.
Routes normally go via Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Walton-le-Dale, Walton Summit and Lostock Hall. During the summer, when it is lighter, it is also possible to run through Avenham and Cuerden Parks.
Runners generally gather in The Poachers after the run for a drink and something to eat.
Thursday Evening: Beginners Run – Bamber Bridge
Periodically we offer a beginners couch to 5k course. This has become extremely popular. The current course starting 8th September 2016 is now oversubscribed and we cannot offer any additional places. Watch this space and we will publish the details for the next course which is likely to be in 2017 as soon as we are able.
The current couch to 5k course runs weekly from Thursday 8th September 2016. Meet at The Poachers, Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge at 7pm (see map above).
The course will build slowly over 10 weeks with the aim of running a 5k parkrun at Avenham Park on November 5th where there will be lots of encouragement from other club members.
We will meet for an hour each week but participants will be required to complete additional runs each week as ‘homework’.
If you are interested in the next 2017 course then email firstname.lastname@example.org asap as places will be strictly limited and expect to be filled quickly. Remember to include full contact details in your email.
Friday Morning: Road Run – Avenham Park, Preston
We have a daytime run at 10:00 am from the Pavillion Cafe on Avenham Park PR1 8JT. About one hour with an opportunity for a coffee and chat in the cafe afterwards. Park at The Continental PR1 8JP and walk along the river to the cafe.